The Vampire (1922)
65 min. B&W
classic German film
was directed by innovative film- maker F.W. Murneau, who also directed
the classics, THE LAST LAUGH (1925), FAUST (1926), SUNRISE (1927)
and co-directed TABU before his tragic death in 1931.
NOSFERATU is so full of interesting and sometimes experimental photography
(negative images, fast motion, creepy lighting and menacing shadows)
that most of these devices became standard for every horror movie
made afterward. And then there's the star: Max Schreck as the vampire
(Count Orlock in Germany, Count Dracula in America) is one of the
spookiest creatures ever seen in the movies. The whole behind-the-camera
creation of the movie was turned into another unique and somewhat
fictional movie, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE in 2000. Because of the spooky
nature of this feature film, it is NOT recommended for young children.
Spoofing -- Our Gang
(1928) 20 min. B&W
silent comedy with Hal Roach's early Little Rascals.
This is not Spanky and Alfalfa, but Farina, Joe, Wheezer and a crew
of talented tots. This time they're involved in the spooky ritual
of burying a body that's very much alive. Of course, it's all a joke,
but it backfires spectacularly!
-- Felix the Cat
(1928) 8 min. B&W
wonderful cartoon with the cat who can't keep out of trouble.
program is sponsored by the Topeka & Shawnee County
Public Library, in cooperation with Grace Episocpal
Cathedral and is funded by a grant from the Topeka
Branch - National League of American Pen Women. It is
free and open to the public.